Former youth soccer coach convicted of sex crimes against toddler

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CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. — Harry Willard Gardner was arrested after a family member saw him “in an inappropriate position” with the toddler son of a family friend. Gardner was recently convicted of two counts of taking indecent liberties with child.

Now the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is interested in hearing from people who may have come in contact with Gardner over the years.

“It is reported that Gardner spent many years being highly involved in youth soccer in the Metro Richmond Area,” a Caroline Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said. “If anyone has any information about previous inappropriate acts by Gardner, please contact the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.”

Anyone with information can call Investigators Brandon Martin at 804-633-5400 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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